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syncope  (ˈsɪŋkəpɪ



  1. (pathology) a technical word for a faint
  2. the omission of one or more sounds or letters from the middle of a word

Derived Forms

syncopic  (sɪŋˈkɒpɪk , ˈsyncopal  adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin syncopa, from Greek sunkopē a cutting off, from syn- + koptein to cut


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